Homecoming Scotland 2014, Stirling Focus

Homecoming Scotland 2014 with the focus on Stirling.

At the heart of Scotland, Stirling is also at the heart of of Scotland’s 2014 Year of Homecoming.

See below for information about the Ryder Cup being held in nearby Gleneagles in September and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

June 2014

In Stirling, there’s much happening in June with three great celebrations taking place over one weekend: Bannockburn Live, Armed Forces Day and Pipefest.

Bannockburn Live – Bannockburn
National Armed Forces Day 2014 – Stirling
Pipefest – Pipe Band Parade – Stirling
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition – macrobert

Bannockburn Live

bills itself as a feast of food, music and history and takes place at Bannockburn by Stirling over the weekend of 28 and 29 June. For more information, visit Bannockburn Live.

Armed Forces Day

is a UK wide event, is free to attend and is being held on 28 June. Go here for more detailed information.


Marching from the gates of Stirking Castle to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, thousands of pipers and drummers will parade through the city. Click here to go to the official site.

Royal Highland Show

19 – 22 June, Newbridge/Edinburgh.

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition. Something a little different at the MacRobert Centre, Stirling University where the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry will be on display between 24 June and 23 July. Note: The MacRobert Centre is closed on Mondays. More information can be found here.

July/August 2014


From 23 July to 3 August 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow as it hosts the 20th Commonwealth Games. Glasgow is within easy reach of Stirling by car, train and express bus. Here’s the official site for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Click here.

July 2014

Highland Games – Callander, Lochearnhead and Kinlochard.

August 2014

Highland Games – Bridge of Allan/Stirling, 3 August.
Highland Games – Stirling, 16 August.
Stirling International Angling Festival – Stirling Agricultural Centre, 9 and 10 August.

August/September 2014


1 August – 2 September 2014. The Festivals of Edinburgh combine to become the world’s greatest arts festival.

September 2014


Scotland, the home of golf, plays host to the greatest tournament in match play golf just a short distance up the road at Gleneagles. Easy to get to from Stirling by car, train or excpress bus. There are two websites of interest: rydercup2014.com/ and 2014 Team Europe Ryder Cup.

Forth Bridges Festival

4 – 13 September. An international inclusive festival celebrating the Forth Road and Rail Bridges.

Bloody Scotland – International Crime Writing Festival – Various venues – Stirling
Stirling Fringe – Various venues- Stirling
Off the Page – Various venues – Stirling
Wha’s Like Us? – Various venues – Stirling

Bloody Scotland. Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, 19 – 21 September, Stirling. A full programme will be available at this website soon.
Stirling Fringe Festival, 19 – 28 September. Here too more information will be provided soon at this website.
Off The Page Stirling Book Festival. Talks and readings from authors. Stirling, 13 – 20 September. Website.

October 2014

Race the Castles (orienteering) – Stirling Castle Esplanade.
Takeover Festival – Various venues – Stirling.

November 2014

Stirling Sports Awards, Stirling. Website.
Stirling Christmas Lights Switch On, 16 November.

December 2014

Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The bagpipers play Celtic rock. Stirling, 5 December. Website.

Hogmanay Celebrations 2014

31 December, Stirling Castle Esplanade. Website.